61+ Best Living In The Past Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Living In The Past Quotes

The simple truth of our finiteness is that we could, by whatever means, go on interminably only at the price of either losing the past and, therewith, our identity, or living only in the past and therefore without a real present. We cannot seriously wish either and thus not a physical enduring at that price. — Hans Jonas

Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the world’s most influential living moral philosophers. He has written 30 books on ethics and held a variety of professorial chairs over the past four decades in North America. — John Cornwell

We have been so successful in the past century at the art of living longer and staying alive that we have forgotten how to die. Too often we learn the hard way. As soon as the baby boomers pass pensionable age, their lesson will be harsher still. — Terry Pratchett

The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature. Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels. — Rupert Sheldrake

I’m a writer-director originally from Rhode Island, now living in Los Angeles. I’ve spent the past eleven years working with a writing partner, Joni Lefkowitz, and am now making the transition into feature directing thanks to this script we wrote together and our incredible producer Jordana Mollick. — Susanna Fogel

I do not believe in living in either the future or the past. — Kiran Bedi

To me, living in the present means being aware of your conscious choice to focus on the past, present or future – it is not necessarily having to focus on the present. — Bo Bennett

Republicans working in leadership and the trenches are largely old, white, male, out-of-touch, out of ideas, technology averse, and living in the past. — Mark McKinnon

Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I’ve got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There’s no future in it. — Sparky Anderson

Living in the past is a Jethro Tull album, not a smart poker strategy. — Richard Roeper

What’s really interesting to me is to have a connection to what was going on in the past, but to make it a living thing. — Rhiannon Giddens

Winners live in the present tense. People who come up short are consumed with future or past. I want to be living in the now. — Alex Rodriguez

I am the type that cannot stay put in living in the past and solely in the past. It’s not healthy and it doesn’t feel right. — Phil Anselmo

Madly, futilely, I wrote novel after novel, eight in all, that failed to find a publisher. I persisted because for me the novel was the supreme literary form – not just one among many, not a relic of the past, but the way we communicate to one another the subtlest truths about this business of living. — William Nicholson

We Republicans need to look at the future instead of living in the past. — Meghan McCain

Think about it: No matter who you are, the past plays a large part in your life. I am all about living in the present as best as I can. Try as I might, there is only so much I am able to achieve on this front. — Henry Rollins

When you come across someone colorful and vibrant maybe in the present it isn’t so interesting, but, in the past, it sheds a wonderful light onto living life. — Garrett Hedlund

I’m living in the present, thinking about the past, hoping for the future. — Paul Auster

Living in the moment, thinking about the future, and staying connected to the past: That’s what makes me feel whole. — Hugh Hefner

Bali is one of my favorite places in the world. In one of my past lives, I believe I was living on the island of Bali. — Chip Conley

It’s exciting being in the present. You’re always reading emails, talking about the future, looking at pictures on Facebook of the past. But living in the present? It’s almost a dead medium. I almost want to do a sketch about being in the present. — Jonathan Krisel

I spent most of the ’60s, when I was starting to try to write novels, living and working in Greece and Turkey. These are countries where the ancient past is interfused with the daily present, and I remember being struck with wonder at the constant sense of continuity and connection, the reminders that lie in wait for you at every turn. — Barry Unsworth

I would say that normally it is the creative minorities that determine the future, and in this sense, the Catholic Church must understand itself as a creative minority that has a heritage of values that are not things of the past, but a very living and relevant reality. — Pope Benedict XVI

When I first met my wife, I really just settled down quite a bit and I started living a much cleaner lifestyle. I was able to concentrate on things that I neglected in the past a little more and I was spending a lot more time at home than I normally would. — Randy Houser

It is important to learn to understand in a historical text, a text from the past, the living Word of God, that is, to enter into prayer and thus read Sacred Scripture as a conversation with God. — Pope Benedict XVI

As an Indian, you feel easily connected with certain histories in places like Indonesia, where one sees, because of the presence of the Hindu-Buddhist past, Hindus still living there or Muslims performing rituals that are instantly familiar. — Pankaj Mishra

I am not living in the past. — Noel Edmonds

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came to do three things. He came to have my past forgiven, you get a purpose for living and a home in Heaven. — Rick Warren

The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make. — William Morris

Very often, as I wander through life, I’ll get that old feeling that I’ve come back from the future, and I’m living in the past. And it’s a really horrible feeling. — George M. Church

In the past there were people who were not rich but contented with their living style, laughing and happy all day. But when the new rich people appear, people look at them and ask, ‘why don’t I have a life like that too, a beautiful house, car and garden,’ and they abandon their values. — Thich Nhat Hanh

I guess I’m living in the present more than the past. — Clint Eastwood

Things come in waves, and I’m always more interested in places like, for instance, Chicago, where people don’t follow fashion. They’re not galloping past your window on the way to the latest anything. They’re living their lives. You do a play, they come and see it and say, ‘That’s nice’, and then they go home. — Mike Nichols

Conservation destroys the present. If we are only busy preserving the past, we are not living in the present and unable to look forward. I am against conservation. We should let young people move forward, whether we agree with them or not. We should let new things happen. — Peter Eisenman

We think we’re living in the present, but we’re really living in the past. — John Banville

Sikh is a 500 year old community and they have been living in U.S. for the past 114 years. Yet the Sikhs were mistaken to be Arabs in the post 9/11 scenario and beaten up. Doesn’t this sound bizarre? I mean Sikhs and Arabs are as different as chalk and cheese. — Puneet Issar

I’d been told, or warned, that when you paint one room, not only will it look nice, but it will also make the room next to it look as if raccoons have been living in it for the past decade. — Christopher Buckley

The bells cease, and the power goes from me, and I descend again to the world of the living; and if in some foolish confiding moment I try to explain why I want to re-live those old days, to tear the Truth out of the past so that all men shall see plainly, perhaps someone will say to me, ‘Oh, the War! A tragedy – best forgotten.’ — Henry Williamson

It takes about four days of virtuous living to create a little weight loss. That also happens to be the time required to get used to eating less. In other words, if you can get past day three of a fitness regimen, things improve. — Martha Beck

I’m not living in the past. — Nick Foles

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins. — Carlos Santana

There were definitely songs in the past that were me dealing with living this gender dysphoria, and sometimes they were really direct and no one picked up on it – but oftentimes, they were more veiled in metaphor. — Laura Jane Grace

Doesn’t the world see the suffering of millions of Palestinians who have been living in exile around the world or in refugee camps for the past 60 years? No state, no home, no identity, no right to work. Doesn’t the world see this injustice? — Ismail Haniyeh

If you’re living strictly for the future or living in the past, it can make your partner feel neglected. Make yourself focus on the moment you’re in. — Rachel Hollis

Hip hop is the new rock n’ roll, you know what I mean? And anybody who doesn’t think that is just sort of living in the past. It’s all just American music, really, when you get right down to it. — Dan Auerbach

For much of history it was possible to believe that the great diversity of life on Earth was a fixed creation, that the living world had never changed. But when the first stirrings of industry demanded that fuel be dug from the earth and hillsides be leveled for roads and railways, the Earth’s true past was dug up in abundance. — Kenneth R. Miller

You need fear and doubt to drive you on. Without it, you end up living in the past and being happy with what you have achieved. — Tony McCoy

In other words, we are interested in the anatomical and mental characteristics of men living under the same biological, geographical, and social environment, and as determined by their past. — Franz Boas

A city whose living immediacy is so urgent that when I am in it I lose all sense of the past. — Kenneth Tynan

I’m living on this positive mind frame where I’m only attracting positive things. I’m controlling my energy, I’m eating right, I’m meditating, I’m in the gym, I’m doing all this stuff I’m supposed to be doing. I’m past that young, immature way of thinking. I just want to be great. — Shameik Moore

You can never forget the time you’re living in because the past is the past and it will never come back. So to adjust your philosophy and creativity in fashion to the time you’re living in is the most important thing. — Donatella Versace

I’m a living composer, so I think I just write and compose the music of my time. I’m not saying that I am better than anyone in the past, but I am saying that I may have evolved some emotions that have connected with the people that are living on the planet today with me. — Ludovico Einaudi

You walk past people in streets, or they serve you in shops, and you know nothing about the horrors they may be living with. — Paddy Considine

I don’t compare shows. It’s very simple. I don’t live in the past. If there’s any secret to my longevity, it’s living in the future. And a little bit in the present. — Harold Prince

As a person of color, I was trained from very early on to see ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ or ‘Hamlet’ and look beyond the specifics of it – whether it be silly white people on an island or a family living in Nowheres or a Danish person – to leap past the specifics and find the human truths that have to do with me. — George C. Wolfe

When you put something out there into the world, there’s all these words you don’t want to hear, that you hope people don’t say. I don’t like anything that starts with ‘re’ – like retro, reinvent, recreate – I hate that. It’s always like living in the past – copying, emulating. — Jack White

I first came to Brazil in the Sixties. Then I started coming back every year since touring most of the country. I grew to love it, the people, the music. I thought this is where I belong. I’ve been living in Brazil for the past 23 years. I call it my stress-free country. — Dionne Warwick

The greatest advancements in living standards over the past century have been coincident with affordable energy. — John S. Watson

Living in the past or living in the future – those aren’t real. The moment is now, and that’s where safety and comfort and all that good stuff is. — Marc Jacobs

People have reflected on the quality of time ever since they’ve been writing. I suppose I have thought about and written about the question of living in the present – but it only lasts for an instant, and then everything becomes the past. The future, you know nothing about, except for some anticipations you have. — James Salter

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